» 09/07/2007, 00.00
Pre-Congress crackdown against the “enemies of socialism”
Public Security Minister Zhou Yongkang urges police to “safeguard the leadership of the party, the Socialist system and the people's democratic dictatorship” during the 17th congress of the Chinese Communist Party next month. Mass protest is the enemy number one.
Central Committee's plenum ends with 15 years worth of pledges
In a sign that not all is well in the land and that corruption is rampant, the in camera meeting's final communiqué talks about the need for ethics. The next party congress is scheduled for late next year. Hu's political rival, Zeng Qinghong, is tasked to organise the event.
Hu Jintao delivers guidelines ahead of next party congress
In order to keep social tensions under control, manage environmental problems and reduce the growing gap between haves and have-nots, China’s president and Communist Party chairman offers slogans for the future like “scientific development,” “harmonious society” and “democratic socialism.”
18/10/2007 CHINA – VATICAN
Without religious freedom, a ‘harmonious society’ is nothing but a bluff
Bishops and priests have disappeared, died in prison or tortured. Christians have been sent to camps and brutally beaten. The state is facing an army of 300 million people it treats as an enemy. In reality they are the only way to realise Hu Jintao’s dream, unless he wants the latter to be the Party’s last lie.
Petitioners’ village torn down ahead of party congress
A few days before the 17th Communist Party Congress in mid-October, Beijing authorities tear down the neighbourhood that for years housed petitioners who come to the capital to complain against government abuses.
A million members leave the Party
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